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Review: The Sharp Edge Smoother by Cakes by Carol

I always follow new product releases with great interest, but none have piqued my interest quite so much recently as the one that I was playing with last week.

The Sharp Edge Smoother by Carol Smith of Cakes by Carol is a food safe acrylic cake smoother, designed to help you achieve sharp edges and smooth vertical sides on your cakes.

Like most of you, I always strive to achieve a perfect sharp edge on my more traditionally-shaped cakes and have sworn by my acetate smoothers for years now. However, I do have a tendency to be rather heavy-handed with them and I have lost count of the number of times that I have given myself the dreaded bulge around the top rim of my cakes!

As a result, Carol’s smoother had been something that I had been umming and ahing over purchasing for quite some time, so when she got in touch to ask me if I would like to have a play with her exciting new tool, I was eager to have a go.

I guess my initial hesitation was based on the fact that I have previously bought ‘short cut’ gadgets and been disappointed with them. I have discussed this in a previous post, saying something along the lines of, “if my three (now four) years of cake artistry have taught me anything, it’s that for the most part, a lot of practice and mastery of the essential cake decorating techniques cannot be replaced by a gadget.”

That was before I tried Carol’s Sharp Edge Smoother.

Honestly, I was expecting it to be another faddy tool, like – well, I suppose it would be a bit controversial to name specifics, but I’m sure you can all think of one – but these often throw up their own complications and usually require mastery of a whole new set of skills. This wasn’t the case with Carol’s Sharp Edge Smoother and I was so very pleasantly surprised.

I decided to crack open my Sharp Edge Smoother while I was working on the cake for last week’s Love Reading Festival. I was absolutely against the clock on this one and, when I got home from work at 6.30pm the night before it was due, it still looked like this:

Yeah, panic stations. I hadn’t even made ANY of the decorations, so I really didn’t have any time to waste on trying to create a perfect sharp edge with my usual acetate smoothers.

Every purchase of the Sharp Edge Smoother comes with the Sharp Edge Smoother demonstration video and a Square Cake pdf tutorial. As my cakes were round (let’s not run before we can walk!), I started by watching the video to learn how to use my new tools. You’ll notice that I say tools plural – to use the smoother, you also need acrylic plates that are 6” bigger than the cake itself.

Battling the heat, I covered my cake with a 50/50 blend of my favourite sugarpaste, white Renshaw Extra and Renshaw’s Ready to Roll Icing in Poppy Red. I was planning on painting and airbrushing my top tier to achieve a deep red colour, but I wanted to start from a reddish base. Of course, Renshaw Ready to Roll Icing can be tricky to work with, particularly in the heat, so I was really putting the Sharp Edge Smoother through its paces right from the off.

If you take a look at the cake as it looked before I started using the smoother and compare it to the finished cake, you will see that, in spite of using a rather tricky sugarpaste, I have managed to achieve a super sharp edge and some perfectly straight sides – and it only took a couple of minutes. Yes, MINUTES! I would usually spend AGES trying to achieve this sort of finish – and this my FIRST go!

Ignore the shoddy painting – it was also my first go at mesh stencilling and I didn‘t read the instructions first…!

If I can be completely frank and honest with you right now, I genuinely love this tool. In fact, I love it so much that I think I might have to do my first ever Facebook Live demonstration, just to show you how quick and easy it is to use. If you’d be up for watching that, then let me know in the comments below – it’ll help psych me up for the challenge!

Check out this incredible before and after! *swoons*

I’ve also persuaded Carol to offer all of my readers, who would like to try the Sharp Edge Smoother for themselves, an awesome 10% off their purchase.

As I mentioned above, to use the Sharp Edge Smoother by Cakes by Carol, you will also need acrylic plates and these should ideally be 6” larger the cake itself, otherwise your precious smoother will get scratched. Now, I know some of you will have these already, so you can pick up your smoother right here for 10% off, using the discount code: MRBAKER18.

However, if, like me, you are new to acrylic plates and need to grab some of those along with your smoother, then Carol also offers a Smoother Bundle – which contains the smoother itself and a whole set of acrylic plates in 12″, 16″ and 20″. You can find the bundle here, again taking advantage of a 10% discount, using the code: MRBAKER18.

The code will be valid until the 9th August 2018 – so get in there quick!

If you’d like to see the Sharp Edge Smoother in action before you decide, keep an eye on my Facebook Page – I’ll be announcing the date and time of my Facebook Live demonstration soon!

Carol Smith is the award-winning cake artist behind Cakes by Carol, based in Peterborough. If you’d like to learn more about Carol and her fantastic tool, you can visit her website or why not like her page on Facebook?

On a personal note, I’d like to congratulate Carol on achieving the impossible and designing a tool that has made a fairly tricky cake skill super simple. It really is fabulous Carol and you should be so proud of yourself.

Thank you for inviting me to have a play with it and I can’t wait to use it again on my next cake!

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Pop the kettle on, it’s time for #SS23!

Introducing issue 23 of Something Sweet, my online weekly magazine with all the latest news from the world of cake.

It has been another action-packed week in cake and #SS23 is once again bursting at the seams with news and events!

Hannah Edwards AKA The Cake Illusionist continues to make waves with her realistic animal cakes; some familiar faces popped up on Netflix’s newest cake show, Sugar Rush; and if you have any questions regarding your competition entry for Cake International, then head judge Karen Keaney and Senior Judge Ben Fullard would like to hear from you ahead of their live Q&A on the 30th July.

We also hear from Sugar Street Studios regarding her new venture in partnership with The Cake Decorating Company; there’s a fabulous new tutorial from Jamie Nicole Cakes for the Innovative Sugarworks blog; top wafer paper artist, Daniel Bakes announces his first classes in the UK; and I share a beautiful collaboration.

And if all that wasn’t enough, we also get to go behind the scenes of Eat Cake Party’s latest largest-than-life build AND check out Novel-T Cakes recent international newsworthy scoop!

Oh, and of course there is the small matter of this week’s all-important Cake of the Week – will it be one of yours?

Check out this week’s issue to see all this and more – you can find it here

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Grab your morning cuppa, it’s time for #SS22!

Welcome to issue 22 of Something Sweet, my online weekly magazine with all the latest news from the world of cake.

This week, #SS22 is positively bursting at the seams with a colossal amount of news, including some exciting announcements from the team behind NISE – the UK’s newest cake show, a fantastic opportunity for cakers looking for a bit of television exposure from Raise the Roof Productions and a super fun Wimbledon themed recipe from Renshaw Baking.

There are two beautiful collaborations to check out, I shine my spotlight on everyone’s favourite GBBO ‘illusion cake’ maker, Steven Carter-Bailey and I take you behind the scenes of the super-talented Tina Scott Parashar’s Cake Design’s recent visit to the UK.

Following some conflicting information from Rolkem HQ after this week’s Food Alert for Action from the Food Standard Agency (FSA), I’ve also spent some time laying bare exactly where we all stand with the latest developments in the #RolkemSaga.

Oh, and of course there is the small matter of this week’s all-important Cake of the Week – will it be one of yours?

Also featuring The Cake Illusionist, Boutique Bakes and Cakes by Ness Bolton, Clairella Cakes, Emma Jayne Cake Design, DESSERT INSIDER, Amaysing Bakes by Claire, CPC’s Pirates of the Caribbean Collaboration, Self-Portrait of a Cookier and Chef Benny Rivera.

Check out this week’s issue to see all this and more!